Kohli’s cen­tury puts In­dia in com­mand

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In­dian cricket cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli (right) walks off the field with team­mate Ajinkya Ra­hane at the end of the first day of their third cricket Test match against New Zealand in In­dore, In­dia, yes­ter­day. IN­DORE, In­dia (AP): VI­RAT KOHLI hit his 13th Test cen­tury as In­dia reached 267 for three at stumps on the open­ing day to take con­trol of the third Test against New Zealand yes­ter­day.

Kohli was 103 not out, and Ajinkya Ra­hane un­de­feated on 79, as the pair put on 167 runs for the fourth wicket.

It was a hard grind as New Zealand bowled and fielded with dis­ci­pline in the 90 overs. But Kohli and Ra­hane didn’t give away chances with 119 runs com­ing in the fi­nal ses­sion.

Kohli faced 191 de­liv­er­ies and hit 10 fours for his sixth hun­dred in 17 tests as In­dia cap­tain. Ra­hane reached his 50 off 123 balls, and hit nine fours and a six over­all.

For the first time in this three­match se­ries, In­dia didn’t make too many mis­takes on the first day. While it had frit­tered away ad­van­ta­geous po­si­tions in both Kan­pur and Kolkata, Kohli and Ra­hane bat­ted with calm and poise.

They played out time — even as the Black Caps re­stricted easy scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties — and now stand a good chance of bat­ting New Zealand out of the match on the sec­ond day.

BAT AS LONG AS POS­SI­BLE

“The po­si­tion we are in, we will try to bat as long as pos­si­ble and get a big to­tal to­mor­row,” said Chetesh­war Pu­jara, who hit 41. “We will look to get at least 400 runs. And once we bowl, our spin­ners will have some as­sis­tance from this wicket and we will look to ex­ploit that as the match pro­gresses.”

New Zealand came close to end­ing the part­ner­ship when James Nee­sham hit the stumps di­rectly as Kohli scam­pered across for his 100th run. But Kohli had safely made the crease, much to the de­light of the crowd at In­dore’s first day of Test cricket.

“I was at point and was pretty con­fi­dent he’d drop and run to get it as quickly. So I took a cou­ple of steps in, but Vi­rat made ground quite com­fort­ably,” Nee­sham said.

AP

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